Flacco: ‘I’m getting better and better’
— Naturally, one of the first questions asked of Joe Flacco was where he is in the process of rehabbing his surgicallyrepaired left knee. His answer was quite literal.
“Four months and a week,” the Baltimore Ravens’ veteran quarterback said Tuesday.
Flacco suffered the injury in a 16-13 home win over the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 22. He stayed on the field for three plays after tearing his ACL and MCL to set up Justin Tucker’s game-winning field goal as time expired.
Swelling in the knee prevented Flacco from undergoing surgery until Dec. 8, a little more than ‘four months and a week’ ago.
The Ravens never set a date for their veteran quarterback to return by.
“I’m getting better and better. I still feel improvement week to week. We’ve never really set a timeline out and said I’m going to be back at ‘this point,’ but I think it’s still going really, really well. Over the past three weeks, I’ve started to feel some big improvements so, I feel good about it,” Flacco said. “All I know is I want to be back for training camp and be back for the season and be ready to go, so I’m doing all I can to get to that point.”
Flacco is able to run and has begun throwing short passes again.
“I can do everything pretty much; it’s just a matter of how well I can do it and do I have a little limp here and there. We do little agility [drills]. It’s not like I’m running full speed and cutting on it and things like that, but I have a good amount of things that I’m allowed to do,” he said. “I haven’t thrown a ton. I’ve stood 15 yards apart and kind of thrown here and there. I haven’t really been too concerned with it yet, but it’s kind of getting into that time when I want to start doing it a little bit.”
Flacco, known for his arm strength, said he would like to be able to throw to some of his new targets the team has acquired.
“I need to see how they run routes and throw a couple goroutes and see how far I can let it go,” he said.
As long as he meets his goal of returning by training camp, Flacco said that will be enough time to develop the necessary connection.
Flacco called his range of motion in the injured knee ‘ pretty good,’ but said it still tightens a bit as the week goes on. When he sits on the trainer’s table, he is able to pull it back toward himself about as far as he can with his healthy right leg.
“I’m not a big brace-wearer, but I wear it just so I don’t hurt myself,” he said. “Whether it’s in the training room or on the field, jumping up on the boxes, lifting weights, I don’t feel a ton of tentativeness. But at the same time, there’s prob- ably a little bit in there just because I think it’s probably pretty natural, or if I’m doing a movement for the first time, I’m not sure how it’s going to react to it.”
Flacco has been cautious not to neglect the rest of his body while rehabbing his injured knee. He has spent most of his days this offseason in the Under Armour Performance Center receiving treatment with a handful of other injured teammates. That changed Monday with the beginning of Baltimore’s offseason workout program.
“I was in a nice little routine when it was just me and a couple guys in the training room,” Flacco said. “It was nice and quiet, and you could kind of go about your business. Now there are 60 guys here, and it’s a little bit tougher to do that.”
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco squats as part of the rehab process after tearing his ACL and MCL in December.